Thursday, July 06, 2017

June Book Report

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I was a reading machine this month and got through 6 books. The 2017 Summer Book Bingo is helping to keep my head in a book which I love! I also discovered a few new authors and read some really interesting books. 


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For the LGBTQIA author or character" category, I read "Every Heart A Doorway" by Seanan McGuire in the 2017 Summer Book Bingo. I LOVED this book. This was a beautiful book with so much packed into its' slim pages. It is the story of children who attend a special boarding school made up of kids who have visited other magical lands. I wasn't sure how she was going to pack so much information in to so few pages but it was perfect. 


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 "The Call of Cthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft fit into the "Genre that is new to you" category in the 2017 Summer Book Bingo. This was a crazy and awesome story of horror. I can see why H.P. Lovecraft was inspirational to so many writers. Creepy story!


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My super quick read was "Seedfolks" by Paul Fleischman for the "Recommended by a young person" category in the 2017 Summer Book Bingo.. This was recommended to me by the students of a middle school teacher and I loved it. Each chapter is told by a different person but it all revolves around an empty lot that is slowly turned into a garden. I loved the short chapters about various people involved in the transformation of one vacant lot. 


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  • In the "Washington state author" category was "A Year Right Here" by Jess Thomson in the 2017 Summer Book Bingo. This is the story of a Thomson's pledge to explore the world where she is rather than far-flung places abroad. I started the book excited to discover more about the food and locations near me. Kirk Thomson, I live in Ballard and love food. Unlike Thomson, my children do not have a disability. This book chronicles both her journey and her family's journey as they work to help their son with his disability. I do wish there has been more adventures in the here. Due to life circumstances she didn't go huckleberry picking and never ventured east of the mountains to see what most of Washington's farmland has to offer. 
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Last year, I read "My Name is Lucy Barton" and this year Elizabeth Strout wow'd me with "Anything is Possible" for the "Recommended by an independent bookseller" category in the 2017 Summer Book Bingo. This was the Refined Reads pick for June and the discussion was way more fascinating than I expected.  This is a story of small town people and how they cope with their devastating pasts, love and losses. I read this book so fast and always love all of Elizabeth Strout's books. I felt heartache and joy for all the characters.
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I read "Ways to Disappear" by Idra Novey for the "Set in another country" category in the 2017 Summer Book Bingo. An author goes up into a tree in Brazil and disappears. Her American book translator arrives to help her family find the author, shenanigans happen from there. This was a very entertaining book.

Yearly Book Total: 23/52

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